Little Oliver Dickey, who was born with a rare form of cerebral palsy has had potentially life-changing surgery in America thanks, in part, to the generosity of the Co Antrim farming community.
The five-year-old Coleraine boy has been unable to walk due to the unusual strain of cerebral palsy which he has had since a baby, but his family simply couldn’t afford the costs of sending him to the States for the pioneering surgery.
However the Millburn youngster and his family have been in America for the past couple of weeks with brave Oliver receiving the ground-breaking surgery which could see him walk for the first time in his short life.
The Dickey family were overwhelmed by donations given to Oliver’s appeal at the recent Ballymoney Show where visitors were asked to donate some money in exchange for tea, coffee and refreshments.
The youngster’s father, Neil, who works for Ballyrashane Creamery on the outskirts of Coleraine, was overjoyed when the buckets quickly filled up with cash from the farming community.
Their contributions, with other donations, not only contributed to raising enough money to send young Oliver and his family to America for the operation, but will cover the aftercare costs too.
Any additional money raised which is over and above the original target will be donated to the Tree of Hope campaign which banks these funds for other worthy causes.